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Study physiology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying physiology as an international student.

Physiology degrees abroad

Physiology is the academic study of bodily functions. Cells, tissues, organs, and systems are put under the microscope so that students can piece together the intricate workings of the whole body.

As a physiology student, you’ll build a solid understanding of physiological processes and principles. Taking classes in areas like cell biology, biochemistry, and nutrition will prepare you for an array of scientific careers. You’ll also examine how the body responds to injury and disease, and evaluate the effectiveness of contemporary medicine.

Studying abroad is a terrific opportunity to gain a top-notch education while traveling the world. You’ll see the fascinating physiological research that’s taking place across the globe, and will have the chance to learn from renowned international experts.

Physiology program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in physiology last a minimum of three years, but some may require four years of full-time study. Lots of BSc programs encourage students to complete placements years as part of their course. These are a valuable way to gain industry experience and sample future careers.

Undergraduate programs in the US follow the four-year liberal arts model. Before opting to major in physiology, you’ll be expected to take two years of general education classes.

Master’s degrees in physiology are widely available and are a great option for students hoping to launch a career in teaching or research. You’ll narrow your focus and specialize in a particular branch of physiology over one or two years.

If you’re interested in conducting your own academic research or earning a lectureship, you’ll probably need to consider pursuing a PhD. Doctorate degrees normally take between four and six years to complete.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and laboratory sessions. Module offerings differ between universities, so no two programs will be identical. However, most courses will cover these fundamentals:

  • Molecules and cells
  • Genetics and evolution
  • The immune system
  • Cell signaling in health and disease
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology
  • Experimental and quantitative skills for physiologists

Types of physiology degrees

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Physiology study abroad programs

Physiology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in physiology

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    Health Physiology / Healthcare Science - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,480 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Composite Human Performance - BSED Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,724 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Health & Human Performance - BSc George Fox University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    36,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,750 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Health Science and Physiology - BSc Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Integrative Physiology and Health Science: Public Health - BA/BSc Alma College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,352 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in physiology

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    Anatomy & Physiology - AA/ASc Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Health and Human Performance - ASc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,120 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Physiology graduate programs

Master's in physiology

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    Human and Applied Physiology - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,614 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Human Performance - MPhil Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,571 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    February, June, October
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    Physiology - MSc American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,320 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Health, Sport and Human Performance - MHSHP University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,665 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,095 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in physiology

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    Human Performance - Integrated MSc (Research)/MPhil/PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Master's
    Doctorate
    Duration
    1 year
    2 years
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,571 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    February, June, October
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Future physiology careers

As a physiology graduate, you’ll have an array of fascinating and fulfilling career opportunities at your fingertips.

You could apply your problem-solving, analytical, and research skills to roles in academia, research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and healthcare. Here are just a few of the positions you’d be ready to excel in:

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Research scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Teacher
  • Science writer

If you’re looking to add some extra sparkle to your resume, consider participating in some relevant work experience. Your university’s career advisors can help you land placements and internships in clinical, educational, and research settings.